Mersen makes some of the largest graphite parts in the world. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Made in Our Own Backyard: Mersen

Pencil lead. That’s what most people think of when they hear the word “graphite.” It’s understandable, considering graphite has been used in pencils since the mid-1600s (incidentally, actual lead never was used in the manufacture of pencils — it was always graphite).

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Homeless simulation event brings struggle to the forefront

The image that enters one’s mind when thinking of a homeless person can be quite misleading.

Perhaps it is a man sitting next to a shopping cart, huddled beneath a wore-torn blanket while grasping a bottle of spirits wrapped within a brown paper bag. Or maybe it’s a veteran suffering from post traumatic stress disorder, standing on the corner of a street wearing holding a crude cardboard sign asking for help of any kind.

Michigan State Police Trooper Roger Hunt discusses the consequences of impaired driving with Greenville High School freshmen Cameron Heppe, Will Enbody and Lonnie Gibbons during the Project Save Our Children program. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Greenville students experience impaired driving simulation

Driving is one of the fundamental rites of passage for any U.S. teenager. However, driving is a great responsibility, guided by choices behind the wheel. A wrong choice can have severe repercussions.

Greenville resident Peter Ralph casts his votes Tuesday for two open seats on the Greenville City Council.

Moss and Warner elected to the Greenville City Council

Voters elected an incumbent and a newcomer to the Greenville City Council on Tuesday.

Councilman Larry Moss received 265 votes to retain his seat while Sylvia Warner came in close behind with 262 votes to earn a seat.

They easily bested their fellow challengers — attorney Kathleen Dunne who received 74 votes and former Belding city manager Meg Mullendore who received 53 votes. Moss has been on the Greenville City Council since 2008 and works as an English and communications instructor at Montcalm Community College. He campaigned with the goal to understand what will bring young adults back to Greenville. He wants to make the city more attractive to millennials, the newest generation entering the workforce, starting families and looking for a place to settle. “It makes me feel honored and humbled to have the support of the citizens of Greenville and to be able to go back to work to serve the community,” Moss said. “I know we got our word out and talked to a lot of people and got the message out about what we wanted to do and the people responded and I’m pleased. I’m thrilled to be able to get back to work for the people of Greenville.”

After writing her signature, Greenville Public Schools Board of Education President Janet Ralph hands the contract to Linda VanHouten to officially sign on as the new superintendent of the school district. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Greenville board OKs VanHouten contract

The search for a new Greenville Public Schools superintendent is officially over. Linda VanHouten has taken her place as superintendent of the district. The Greenville Board of Education unanimously voted to approve the contract for VanHouten’s new position during a special meeting on Monday night.

Natasha Bishop of Greenville, who has worked six months at Clarion Technologies, works on parts designed for a Whirlpool refrigerator. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Made in Our Own Backyard: Clarion Technologies

Adam Brown has shuffled his career between multiple manufacturing jobs. Working as a machine operator, he’s always held out hope that he would finally land a job where he could return home feeling valued.

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Program Officer Aryc Mosher educated Greenville High School students on the Guinea worm during a Monday presentation. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Greenville native working to eradicate the parasitic Guinea worm

Imagine looking down and seeing a 4-foot, pale white worm come squirming out of the skin of your calf. It is an image of which nightmares are made. Aryc Mosher is intimately familiar with this squirming terror. Mosher does not work on the set of a Hollywood horror movie but deals with a real-life monster known as the Guinea worm.

One of the main aisles in the Material Prep department, with second shift group leader Terry Lueder peeking out, gives an idea of the sheer size of Federal-Mogul’s Greenville plant. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Federal-Mogul offers local, global employment opportunities

Federal-Mogul may look like a small town manufacturing plant, nestled as it is along the railroad tracks on the east end of the city. Looks can be deceiving. In reality, the company is a global juggernaut with “sister plants” spanning the globe; South Africa, Poland and 21 other countries are home to Federal-Mogul, which recently celebrated its 75th anniversary in the Greenville location.

Montcalm Township Fire Department recruit Logan Fuhrman, listens to some tips from veteran firefighter Jorden Brygal during a search-and-rescue training session on Sunday. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Firefighters undergo search and rescue training (VIDEO AND GALLERIES)

You cannot learn to ride a bike by reading a book about it. Acquiring and mastering a skill comes more from practicing the act, rather than merely studying it. This is a fact the firefighters of the Montcalm Township Fire Department take to heart.

Due to the fact the previous owner of Forest View Development failed to put the final layer of asphalt on the streets, the residents of the development requested and received to be declared a special assessment district from the city of Greenville. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Greenville City Council OKs Forest View special assessment district

There is nothing finer to witness on a Tuesday night than an intricate ballet of procedural dancing. As it is said: It’s cheaper than a movie. In order to ensure all bases were covered, the Greenville City Council approved five motions related to the Forest View Development Special Assessment District during Tuesday’s meeting.